Two children die after consuming poisonous cassava

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UGANDA-Two children in Lokitelaebu Town Council in Kotido District have died after allegedly eating raw cassava tubers.

The two children aged seven and eleven are said to have uprooted and ate the toxic cassava which is planted in homestead to provide shade.

Owiny Dolo, a resident of Lokitelaebu said the parents of the children were not at home at the time of the incident.

The bodies of the two children were found by neighbours at their home on Monday afternoon.

According to Dolo, the children were reportedly hungry and uprooted the tubers of the poisonous cassava and ate them.

While confirming the death of the youngsters, Kotido District Police Commander, Apollo Kyangungu said the cause of death is yet to be established.

Reports from Lokitelaebu say, other children who reportedly shared the tubers are receiving treatment at Lokitelaebu Health Centre.

 A number of families in Karamoja region are facing serious hunger following poor yields last year. While the region received heavy rains, some people did not plant crops while those who planted, got miserable yields due to pests.

The hunger is forcing many children especially girls to travel to neighbouring Teso and Lango sub regions to offer labour in exchange for food.

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